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Friday Rockpile: Rockies in a funk, draft speculation starts

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With some changes to a line or two to The Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Loving Feeling":

You've lost that winning feeling,
Whoa, that winning feeling,
You've lost that winning feeling,
Now it's gone...gone...gone...whoa-oh.

Another game, another loss. It starts to get to the fans, and to the players, as Troy Tulowitzki says in this Mark Kiszla piece:

"I think it's already started. Definitely," Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said Thursday. "Nobody in this locker room is happy we're losing. I think we have to get that swagger back, that 'Hey, we're a good team' . . . I think we've kind of gotten away from that a little bit."

Kiszla goes on to write that if all the blame is placed on Hurdle, then that shows how far away the Rockies are from solving the real problems.

In Troy Renck's recap of yesterday's game, Clint Hurdle is quoted on a lack of leadership or not a lack of leadership.

If the players are starting to be frustrated with the way this season is going, maybe they should be worried with the way Atkins's season is going. You know, instead of saying he'll be fine.

Baseball America released its first mock draft yesterday (subscription needed), and the Rockies are projected to take Mike Leake at 11 and Garrett Gould at 32.

Leake is a righty out of Arizona State. This season he's 12-1 with 4 CG in 97 2/3 IP. He has 104 K to 18 BB. He's holding opposing batters to a .179 AVG. BA writes that he has a bulldog mentality that makes him more attractive than college lefties Rex Brothers, Andy Oliver, and James Paxton.

The one player that could make the Rockies go the position player route is Sacramento State's Tim Wheeler. Wheeler is a 6'4", 205 lbs. left-hitting outfielder who had an explosion of power this season. In his first two years he combined to hit nine, and he hit 18 this season. His hitting line is .393/.494/.780 and he stole 15 bases. If he goes around 11, teams surely believe that his 18 homers he had this year will carry over to his pro career. MLB.com profile.

Garrett Gould is a 6'3", 190 lbs. right-handed pitcher from a Kansas high school. Gould's been rocketing up the draft boards lately, it seems.

And tune in to This Week in Rockies Baseball on Sunday to hear RockiesMagicNumber in the studio with Chris Lewis to take calls and e-mails.